Neil Smyth

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)20 7648 9254
Offices:London

What can I do for you?

I help businesses and individual clients on all issues arising from financial distress, particularly in the Real Estate and Technology sectors. I advise clients on how to deal with their own financial distress; lenders, investors, private equity, venture capitalists and various other stakeholders on the financial distress of their borrower or investment; clients on the financial distress of counterparties (eg landlords, tenants and contractual parties); and insolvency practitioners on the various issues arising out of insolvency processes.

Supporting my clients’ ambitions/aims/objectives

My role is to help clients resolve the issues that they face arising out of financial distress. This has included assisting a company on the brink of going into administration and with the prospect of creditors receiving nothing, conclude a business sale that resulted in all creditors being paid in full over time out of deferred consideration payments. I have also assisted a client to control the transition of a critical insolvent business to an approved operator through enforcement of security. This gave the client security of supply and an enhanced financial return.

What do others say?

I have been described as a “seriously impressive lawyer” in Chambers 2018 who does “not rush at any problem” and with “everything done with a purpose and elegance that is highly impressive”. Legal 500 2018 describes me as “very good on contentious insolvency issues and pursuing recalcitrant directors”.

What else should you know?

I am a member of R3, the representative body for insolvency practitioners, and sit on the editorial board for its quarterly publication, Recovery magazine. I also regularly present on courses run by R3 as well as other organisations like Lexis Nexis.